May 2017. I wanted change. I needed change. I was feeling stuck on a journey that I had chosen, and I could not understand why. I was feeling lost and confused; I had committed to a life of purpose, of service, but I was having a mid-twenties crisis. I was in a complicated relationship with myself. I did not know who I was, what I felt or what I wanted anymore. I was feeling disconnected from myself, my dreams, the world around me. I had lost my drive, my power, my ambition. Every day I was hoping to find my way back. This is when I heard about the Amani Institute.
After 6 years of intense studying, I did not think I would set foot in a classroom ever again. Not willingly, at least. But when I first looked at the curriculum of the Social Innovation Management programme (SIM), I just knew. It was the first time in months that I was so sure about something. It was the first time in months that I was looking forward to starting something. It was time to take a chance and make a change.
I chose Amani because it is not a conventional school; it does not simply teach you, it shows you. It does not only make you think, it makes you do. This programme is not only about finding solutions to the most pressing issues affecting our planet; it is also, and perhaps most importantly, about finding yourself, finding your voice and discovering the role you want to play in this world. It offers you a safe place to be yourself, express your singularity and your feelings, no matter how crazy or dark they may be. It is the opportunity that I had been waiting for, for a very long time.
As I embark on this adventure, I am trying to let go of expectations and fears, and appreciate each day as it comes. Trusting the process. I know the journey will be uncomfortable at times, but I feel blessed to be surrounded by incredible human beings who will continuously challenge me and push me to become the best version of myself.
Some risks are worth taking, and some chances can change your life. So let’s go for it. Let’s take the leap. I am ready.
On the Side : Etienne Daho – Le Premier Jour du Reste de Ma Vie